Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction by Andreas OnnerforsFreemasonry: A Very Short Introduction by Andreas Onnerfors

Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction

byAndreas Onnerfors

Paperback | August 15, 2017

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Freemasonry is one of the oldest and most widespread voluntary organisations in the world. Over the course of three centuries men (and women) have organized themselves socially and voluntarily under its name. With a strong sense of liberation, moral enlightenment, cosmopolitan openness andforward-looking philanthropy, freemasonry has attracted some of the sharpest minds in history and has created a strong platform for nascent civil societies across the globe. With the secrecy of internally communicated knowledge, the clandestine character of organization, and the enactment of ritualsand the elaborate use of symbols, freemasonry has also opened up feelings of distrust, as well as allegations of secretiveness and conspiracy. This Very Short Introduction introduces the inner activities of freemasonry, and the rituals, symbols and practices. Looking at the development of the organizational structure of masonry from the local to the global level, Andreas Onnerfors considers perceptions of freemasonry from the outsideworld, and navigates through the prevalent fictions and conspiracy theories. He also discusses how freemasonry has from its outset struggled with issues of exclusion based upon gender, race and religion, despite promoting tolerant openness and inclusion. Finally Onnerfors shines a light on therarely discussed but highly compelling history of female agency in masonic and para-masonic orders. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Andreas Onnerfors is Associate Professor of the History of Sciences and Ideas at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to that he was Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism at The University of Sheffield from 2007-2010. There, he published three academic volumes and launched the first academic journal in th...
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Title:Freemasonry: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198796277

ISBN - 13:9780198796275

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThree centuries of FreemasonryHistorical legaciesEnlightenment foundationsFrom darkness to lightOrganizational cultureBrotherhood challengedPerceptions, prejudices and persecutionsTimelineReferencesFurther ReadingIndex